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Posts posted by JamesJazGuitar

  1. Tonight is The Glass Wall with Vittorio Gassman and Gloria Grahame.     Also contains one of the larger film roles for Jerry Paris,   better known for his role as Robs friend and neighbor in The Dick Van Dyke Show.    Here is is on the left. 


    The Urban Politico: Movie Reviews: The Glass Wall

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  2. 1 hour ago, ElCid said:

    I still contend that the reason for the lack of care for COVID patients in rural areas is because they did not get vaccinated and do not wear masks.  Therefore they become infected and infect others and over tax the facilities.

    While your WC study may be valid for what it was done for, I doubt it has any relationship to COVID in rural areas and the lack of treatment there.   Your study is based on where WC patients got medical treatment, not where the general population gets it.  Maybe WC patients were referred to out of state doctors by their attorneys in your study?  Also, we are talking about 2020.

    Incidentally I worked in Social Security Disability program for over 20 years serving over 1/3 of S.C.   Very, very rarely did we have claimants (even WC ones) providing medical from out of state providers.  At one time some S.C. VA patients were treated at August GA and Asheville NC.  But now that is very rarely approved by VA.

    I live in a very rural area and we have access to multiple large medical centers.

    It appears your saying that in rural areas of the USA,  citizens have the around the same level of access to medical health services,  as non-rural areas.

    Ok,   believe what you want.


  3. 28 minutes ago, ElCid said:

    Lack of medical care is not the issue.  It is the fact that anti-vaxers, COVID deniers and anti-maskers make up a much larger percentage of the rural population.  Almost every drug store and grocery store offers vaccinations for free even in smallest rural communities, but the rural/Trump supporters don't get it.

    The impact on availability of care is because they are overloading the systems in the rural areas.  So they are creating a problem for themselves and others.

    Lack of medical care in rural areas is a fact and therefore compounds the problem associated with low vaccination rates.   

    E.g.    I worked on a study of all 50 states related to Workers Comp and access to medical care:    We derived the percentage of medical services claimants received within the state and out of state:  South Carolina was ranked #1 with regards to the out-of-state service percentage.   A majority of the medical services were performed outside of SC.   More SC claimants received  medical services in either North Carolina or Georgia than they did in SC.    For complex medical conditions that out-of-state percentage was even higher.

    PS:  Of course in areas with limited medical care facilities,   people should have more of an incentive to be vaccinated but of course it is just the opposite due to their very misguided political agenda.  


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  4. 3 hours ago, ElCid said:

    Absolutely do not need to use reconciliation to pass either the human infrastructure bill

    Wouldn't the Dems need 60 Senators to avoid a filibuster in order to pass the "human infrastructure bill" in the Senate?

    I ask because I don't think there are 10 GOP Senators that would support this bill unless the total cost is reduced even lower than that 1.5 Trillion Manchin said he would support.


  5. Note that Hell Bound  was produced by Howard W. Koch;   He was a producer and director working mainly for United Artist and during the 50s was associated with some films that are similar (in some ways) to Hell Bound;   

    He directed and produced Shield for Murder (1954) with Edmund O'Brien and Mara English (with Carolyn Jones as Girl-at-the-bar) and , Big House USA (1955) with Broderick Crawford, Ralph Meeker and an up-and-coming Charles Bronson:

    He directed  The Girl in Black Stockings (1957) with Mamie Van Doran and Ann Bancroft,  and Untamed Youth (1957) again with Van Doran and Lori Nelson.



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  6. 17 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

    maybe he ate some of the earth food.


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    Isn't that Yvonne Craig,   who was Batgirl?      I'm trying to find a film that she did with Tommy Kirk but I can't find one and as far as  I can tell,  Kirk never was on the Batman T.V. show.


  7. 3 hours ago, Allhallowsday said:

    It is worth pointing out that these reactions do seem to be the modus operandi for this forum.  New members join and such people may be inspired to join because they have a complaint.  That does not make a complainer a troll. 

    True.    It is more about how they complain.     Often,  like we see here,   the complainer is misinformed and way over the top.


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  8. 7 hours ago, Toto said:

    I love this idea!  I'd tune in.  Great film choices.  I have a special place in my heart for "The Adventures of Robin Hood".  Here's a few more of medieval films that I like.

    The Seventh Seal (1957)  Directed by Ingmar Bergman.  About a Swedish Knight who returns from the Crusades to find his country overcome by the Black Death and who decides to make a deal with death in a chess match.  The striking photography of haunting scenes you will find hard to get out of your mind.

    The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)  A gripping story of the 15th century teenager doomed to death.  A silent movie that is really moving.

    Becket (1964)  About the troubled relationship between Henry II and his friend turned bishop Becket.  I really like Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in this film.

    I love the play "Macbeth" by William Shakespeare.  "Macbeth" takes place in medieval Scotland.  Are there any film versions of Macbeth that anyone would recommend?

    I also like the film "Camelot" just for the great songs!

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    A Medieval film night is a good idea,   but I don't know if I would wait over 12 years to get my wish!


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  9. I like the Ekberg noir film Screaming Mimi (1958).        The setting is a jazz club owned by Gypsy Rose Lee,  that features dancing and Ekbreg is  one of the dancers.   A few first rate jazz performances.     


    SCREAMING MIMI [1958] - Horror Cult Films

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  10. 14 minutes ago, unwatchable said:

    Did the errant member face any disciplinary action?

    No and Eddie's responses implied he didn't wish for there to be any.      Eddie did clarity a few of the bogus assumptions that this member made;  E.g.  that Eddie doesn't love films in general and only noir and even with noir,  he wasn't very knowledgeable.     Eddie didn't come off as defensive,   but instead made that member look foolish.


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  11. 22 minutes ago, Hibi said:

    Well, when a poster does this with only a few posts to their name or its their first post, it definitely seems trollish..

    I don't see where the title of the thread was necessary:   poor eddie muller is hellbound.       Ok,  I see the pun,  but that type of negativity is over-the-top to me.

    Then the posters goes on with the assumption he knows what Muller was really feeling;    NOT.   I.e. none of us have a clue with regards to that.

    So yea,   definitely seems trollish sound on-target.


  12. 15 hours ago, LoyFan said:

    Myrna Loy is my favorite actress. I find her watchable in any movie regardless of whether or not I like the movie as a whole.  I would be hard pressed to say that about any other actress.  We do have some common ground as I also find Mr. Blanding tedious and silly. However, my current opinion of it is possibly related to age. Twenty or thirty years ago, I was crazy about it.  Now, I wish the pairing of Grant and Loy had not been wasted on it

    We also have common ground with Mr. Blanding;    The film is tedious in that it is mostly a one-joke comedy.    Also I find the best performance to be by Melvyn Douglas.    The film has it moments (what film wouldn't with the sheer talent and comic ability of Grant and Loy),   but it isn't one of my favorite Grant or Loy films.   They made a much better team in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer.

    I'm curious about your feelings of early Loy films where she plays a negative character:  E.g.  The Animal Kingdom with Leslie Howard and Ann Harding.    Loy gives a solid performance in the film, but she isn't the loveable type of character she plays in the vast majority of films she made starting with The Thin Man.    She also played some vamps in early 30s films.

    1,046 Myrna Loy Photos and Premium High Res Pictures - Getty Images



  13. A common complaint is that TCM shows certain films way-too-often,  too many from the main studios of Warner, MGM and RKO,  too much focus on star actors and directors and their big-budget films, and that generally, TCM should open up their rotation.

    Eddie does that here with Hellbound;   A United Artist, low budget film with no big name actors (other than maybe Whitman,  who was just starting to make somewhat of a name for himself when this film was made).    

    I guess my overall point is there is no pleasing of all-the-people-all-the-time.


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  14. 20 hours ago, misswonderly3 said:

    I think you and I have different ideas of what "passive -aggressive"  is.  "Backing off"  regarding my difficulty believing that the poster "hates" the songs in West Side Story  :  I was deliberately communicating my mixed feelings about that.  Like,  "  Ok,  you don't like the songs.  ---But wait !  How can you not like those fantastic songs?  ! ?  "    

    As a musician, james,   I would think that , despite your criticism of my being "so funny"  ( and obviously you mean that not in a good way, more like   "You pretend you're not a bee-atch  but you are " )   and  yes,  we all know that   "everyone has the right to their opinion and also the right to express it blah blah "  ---- sorry,   rambling a bit there----       Anyway,  shirley,  as a musician,  you can acknowledge the fine composition of the music in West Side Story.     (  and of course it's possible to acknowledge something is of a high calibre without personally liking it.  )

    I know you think I'm harsh, james,  and you rarely hesitate to tell me so.  But I kind of don't mind,  at least you don't have me on  "ignore".    

    I would never put you on ignore since I enjoy your comments and insight.    But newbies may not understand your style of posting;   The user you replied to had posted only around 14 post.      Thus saying "As for the songs,  they're fantastic.  If you don't like them,  you clearly don't appreciate good song-writing.  I know this sounds personal and insulting, that's not my intention",   might come off as an insult to such a newbie,  regardless of your intention.

    But don't change your style.   As Bogie said to your avatar buddy,  Joel Cario,   users will just have to take-it-and-like-it! 

    (oh,  and yes,  I find that songs in WSS to be well written,  both the music and the lyrics).



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  15. 20 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    Maybe we should just go back to at-large representation.  It's not like a single person can adequately represent nearly 800,000 people anyway.


    At large representation clearly benefits whatever "group" is the majority.     (assuming most people's primary criteria for voting is "group" association,  which appears to be the case,  statistically).     This is why CA doesn't allow at large representation;    E.g.   Counties and City have to have districts and those districts need to be made where a minority "group" can have a majority.     E.g.  60% of the county is white,  20% Latino,  15% Black,  5% other.      Back in the 90s At-Large was leading to all white county supervisors.  So 5 districts were created,  with two of them with a majority of Latinos and Blacks.    It still took decades for a Latino to win "their" district,  since their voter turnout was so low.   Anyhow finally the overall group representation was 3 white,  one Latino and one Black.   But as the Asian population grew now they complained and the county is trying to figure out what to do again.   (with the goal being one less white,  since if the Asian was to replace a Latino or Black all hell would break lose)!    BUT this is proving very difficult since Asians here in So Cal tend to live in-multiple-places instead of being highly concentrated in specific hoods.

    Thus there is no hope!    (ha  ha);    





  16. On 9/26/2021 at 10:34 PM, misswonderly3 said:

    Of course you are.  Sometimes we just plain don't like something, and that's that.  Ok,  I'll back off on the point about the songs  ( but you must have ears made of cement to not like the songs,  -- ok,  ok.....)

    But this is not opinion it's fact,   that something that is a deliberate retelling of a story is NOT a "rip-off".   West Side Story can't be a rip-off of Romeo and Juliet because it is an intentional allusion to the Shakespeare play, no sneakiness or plagiarism involved.


    You are so funny,  especially in your claim that you're not passive \ aggressive.    E.g.  Ok,  I'll back off on the point about the songs  ( but you must have ears made of cement to not like the songs,  -- ok,  ok.....)



  17. 59 minutes ago, ElCid said:

    Certain criteria can be fed into the computer, such as race/ethnicity, income levels, geography, etc. 

    Of course criteria can be fed into a model:  the question was that should they be and if that answer is YES,  then of course the pols that control a  state are going to feed in other those that benefit them.


  18. 14 minutes ago, ElCid said:

    Welcome to Trump's America.

    Isn't it  gerrymandering in both cases:   E.g. doing what Texas does by purposefully not creating districts based on race or ethnic group identification,  or doing what CA does all the time,   purposefully creating them based on those reason.

    This is  the debate here in CA will districts created by computer modeling;  does the model need to be "trained" to recognize race \ ethnic group make-up?



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